You are not the only one suffering from plantar fasciitis, or heel spurs. The condition affects over half a million people in Britain each year. It causes pain and makes it difficult for them to go about their day.
This is a serious problem that affects many people. Many feel helpless and unable to overcome their pain. Although it is common in athletes, runners, and those who are extremely overweight, the risk of getting the condition isn't discriminatory.
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People who have to stand for long periods of time on hard surfaces, such as hairdressers, shop assistants, and chefs, are also at risk. In most cases, physiotherapy and steroid injections are effective in relieving symptoms of plantar fasciitis. However, for those with chronic conditions, surgery is the only option.
However, surgery is not an ideal treatment for this condition. It carries many risks and can cause complications such as infection. There is only a 50% success rate. The recovery process can take anywhere from six to eight weeks.
Patients suffering from chronic pain in the feet or ankles can now receive shockwave therapy. This non-surgical treatment is highly effective and can be used to treat plantar fasciitis. It also has a faster recovery time.
The shockwave is delivered through the skin's surface, targeting the injured or damaged tissue. The shockwave triggers an inflammatory response in the tissue, which stimulates healing. This is because blood vessels can be regenerated faster. It also provides pain relief.